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Title: Horodyshche Pomianyk , ca. 1484 to 1737 [manuscript].

Published: [Volyn?] : [s.n.], [ca. 1484-1737?].

Description: 548 p. ; 20 cm.

Series: Jaroslaw Rudnyckyj Rare Cyrillic Manuscript Collection ; Item 1: Pomianyk

Annotation: This invaluable cyrillic manuscript is believed to have been compiled between 1484-1737.
It is accompanied by a description which states that it is a register of the deceased to be remembered at requiem services.
Within North America, it is the oldest of all dated cyrillic texts. It was discovered in 1902 in an old wooden church believed to be the remains of the once famous monastery in the village of Horodyshche in Volhynia in Western Ukraine.
It was purchased by Professor Rudnycknyj in 1951 from the family of the original discoverer, Oleksandr Kolessa (1867-1945), a distinguished Slavist at the Ukrainian Free Academy in Prague.
The exceedingly rare cyrillic manuscript is also one of the earliest written documents ever found issued by Ukrainian Monasteries. Since the majority of monasteries in this area are Ukrainian Orthodox, it is assumed that the list was established by that denomination, rather than by Ukrainian Catholic churches.
The manuscript, edited by Professor Rudnyckyj, exists as a facsimile at the University of Toronto (under title: Pamianyk Horodyshche). It was also subject to scholarly studies by O. Kolessa (in 1930) and Iraida Irene Tarnawecky (in 1964 & 1965).

Bound in later black vinyl with half leather spine and corners. Embossed cross on cover.
Fly leaf has printed label: "Ukrainian Studies Fund / donated / for Department of Slavic Studies / of the University of Manitoba."
Verso of fly leaf has newspaper clipping pasted in: "'U' [=University] Department gets 1484 Ukraine Text -- A book that was hand-written between eight years before Columbus discovered America has just been purchased for the University of Manitoba Slavic Department..." --

Bound-in title-page states in pencilled hand-writing: "Horodysche Pomyanyk / 1484-1737 / bought for the U. of M. from the Kolessa's [sic!] on Sept. 8, 1951 / J. Rudnycknyj."

The lists are written in black ink, with rubricated initials for each name.

Local Note: Donated to UML Rare Book Room (RBR) by Jaroslaw Rudnyckyj on October 23, 1991. --

Item 1 of 3 in the Jaroslaw Rudnyckyj Rare Cyrillic Manuscript Collection.

Kept in 1 Box in RBR (with 2. Psaltyr & 3. Album). --

Subjects: Rudnyckyj, Jaroslav B., 1910- Slavists Manitoba.
Slavists Canada.

Other Author(s):
Rudnyckyj, Jaroslav B., 1910-
Kolessa, Oleksandr, b. 1867. Rozslidy i vydannia slovianskykh pamiatok apokryfichnoi literatury.
Gerus-Tarnawecky, Iraida, 1924- Osobove nazovnytstvo v Horodys komu pomianykovi z 1484.

Holdings: PG 34 R845 Item 1-3 in 1 Box in RBR



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